Analyzing Short Stories/Novels

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Good questions can help focus readers' attention on the elements writers use to add depth to their stories. The questions on this worksheet do just that and encourage readers to think critically about a story and author's purpose.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide class members with a copy of the handout at the beginning of the year and model using the questions to develop an analysis of a piece of literature
  • When analyzing a short story, divide the class into expert groups, asking each group to be responsible for one term, and then jigsaw for a in-depth discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes class members are familiar with the many terms used on the worksheet
  • The definition of each term is followed by questions readers can ask themselves to think critically about how the author uses the element to develop the major ideas in the tale